Hearts winger Billy King arrives at Murray Park for Rangers medical

first_imgRangers are set to complete a deal to take Hearts attacker Billy King on loan until the end of the season.The 21-year-old will undergo a medical in Glasgow on Thursday ahead of the move to the Scottish Championship leaders.The wide attacker is out of contract with the Tynecastle side in 2017, making 20 appearances for the Jam Tarts this season.Robbie Neilson’s team are close to signing a new striker and also remain keen to secure the services of Dundee’s Craig Wighton, who has enjoyed a a loan spell with Raith Rovers earlier this season. Mark Warburton claimed on Thursday that progress was still being made on bringing targets to the club in the January transfer window having already signed Harry Forrester and Maciej Gostomski this month.“We are making progress, the window is coming towards a close, sometimes they take time, others move more swiftly,” he said. “A couple of them have been drawn out but hopefully we are moving forward.”last_img read more

Province drops charges against environment ministry over wind turbines

first_imgOntario’s attorney general has withdrawn environmental charges against the provincial environment ministry, its minister and several wind companies, citing a lack of evidence and the uncertain likelihood of a conviction.The case, involving allegations of environmental offences at several wind turbine projects across Chatham-Kent, was in provincial offences court in Blenheim Wednesday, when a lawyer with the Ministry of the Attorney General said there wasn’t sufficient evidence to proceed.“There’s no prospect of conviction,” Brian Wilkie told the court.Wilkie declined to elaborate further on the withdrawal of charges outside court.Ontario’s environment minister, Jeff Yurek, along with the ministry itself and several wind turbine companies were named in the private prosecution charges, filed by Dover resident Christine Burke under Section 14 of the Environmental Protection Act.Yurek and the ministry were accused of failing to take reasonable care to prevent the installation and operation of the turbines at the East Lake St. Clair Wind Farm, run by Engie Canada, and at the North Kent 1 Wind Farm, run by Pattern Energy Group and Samsung Renewable Energy, from discharging, or causing or permitting the discharge of contaminants.The projects had been approved under the previous Liberal government.Pattern Energy declined to comment on the withdrawal of the charges.“We believe the ruling speaks for itself,” company spokesperson Matt Dallas said.Residents in the North Kent area have voiced concerns about their private water wells and the potential for turbine-caused contamination by black shale and hazardous metals.“All I’m going to say is that we’re moving forward with our lawyer to pursue other options,” a visibly upset Burke said after the charges were dropped.Her Toronto-based lawyer, Eric Gillespie, wasn’t in attendance Wednesday, as his office had already received notification about the decision. But he said the case is far from over.“The decision is very puzzling to our client,” Gillespie said in a phone interview.He said there was additional evidence available that he offered to provide, adding there was also the chance to obtain more from experts. He said he did not hear back from the government.Gillespie added the optics of having the government withdraw charges against another ministry and a minister raises concerns.“It’s kind of like leaving the fox in charge of the henhouse,” he said.In a statement Wednesday, Yurek said “this government and I will always take the public’s concerns about wind projects very seriously and will continue to stand with the families living in Chatham-Kent to make sure what happened under the previous Liberal government never happens again.”Yurek said an expert panel was formed by the minister of health to study the health toll. That panel has been meeting regularly since July and the final report is anticipated by the end of 2020, Yurek added.He called it unfortunate he had been named and associated with the legal matter since the previous government made the decision about the wind projects.Since the Progressive Conservative government took office, Yurek said it kept its promise by repealing the Green Energy Act, restoring municipal planning power, and cancelling and winding down more than 700 energy projects.But Gillespie said the sitting government should still take further action on the existing projects.“The reality is the turbines are still there,” he said. “The reality is in many people’s minds they are still causing harm. The reality is this government can, and in many people’s view, should be doing a lot more about the problem.”Gillespie said legal options for his client could include appealing the decision or filing new charges. He said this will be discussed in the coming days.“This certainly doesn’t appear to be the end of the matter,” he [email protected] Twitter.com/DailyNewsTTlast_img read more

Biko’s legacy lives on

first_imgStephen Bantu Biko, dead 33 yearsin 2010.(Image: ZAR.co.za) A statue of Biko stands outside the EastLondon city hall.(Image: Steve Biko Foundation)MEDIA CONTACTS • Obenewa Amponsah – SBF director,fundraising and international partnerships+27 11 403 0310 or +27 74 102 4466Janine ErasmusStephen Bantu Biko died in police detention on 12 September 1977, but the principles that he stood for live on today through a series of programmes run by the Steve Biko Foundation.Based in Johannesburg, with an office in King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape, the foundation exists to carry on the work and ideals espoused by the late African leader, especially that of community development, which is a key element of the restoration of dignity and a sense of worth and identity to people.“We investigated other organisations that walked the path of preserving the legacies of people like Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela,” said CEO Nkosinathi Biko, “before we established our own organisation.”The foundation focuses on a three-part strategy. Firstly, it promotes dialogue and advocacy around issues of significance to the public. This mainly takes the form of two high-profile lectures: the Steve Biko Memorial Lecture and the Robert Sobukwe Memorial Lecture in honour of the late Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) founder. There is also the Matthew Goniwe Leadership Conference.The Sobukwe lecture promotes the Pan Africanist dream of the man whom it honours, and focuses on issues of interest and relevance to the continent as a whole. Previous speakers include former Burundian president Pierre Buyoya, Archbishop Emeritus Njongonkulu Ndungane, who stepped down as Archbishop of Cape Town in 2007, and activist/scholar Professor Es’kia Mphahlele, who passed away in 2008.The Biko lecture has been delivered by Professors Zakes Mda and Chinua Achebe; Dr Mamphela Ramphele, who knew Biko intimately; former South African presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki; and former finance minister Trevor Manuel, among others.On 9 September 2010, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker will step to the dais for the annual lecture – only the second time, after Ramphele, that the honour falls to a woman.These three initiatives are supported by seminars and workshops, and the Frank Talk forum, named after the pseudonym used by Biko while he was banned. Frank Talk is designed as a dialogue and networking opportunity for young people, giving them a platform to talk about relevant issues.Building community leadersThe foundation’s second thrust is to promote leadership development in South Africa. Public leaders should know more than just handy techniques such as time management – they must be citizens above all else, and be in touch with the needs of the people, in order to effectively bring about change.The third focus is that of a research and policy unit, that will delve into aspects of development such as education, housing and poverty alleviation, as well as the intangible aspects of culture and history. Working with communities, who in many cases hold and pass on priceless indigenous knowledge, the unit will help to make that knowledge more widely available, resulting in upliftment and increased productivity.Besides the research and policy-making, the unit will support studies by Fellows, who will be appointed on a number of levels ranging from Executive Fellows to Junior Fellows. This will ultimately spawn an international network of academics and leaders who will continue to work with the foundation.“Fellows don’t have to be recognised leaders or well-read academics,” said Biko, “but our tiered system means that they can simply be people with the right experience – community leaders or developmental specialists.”Another facet of the unit involves the publishing of information developed in the course of its work. This will take the form of books, a monthly perspective, occasional papers, and an annual journal.Through these various activities, the Biko Foundation aims to empower people and communities to claim their rightful place in society, and strive for positive change in their personal lives and throughout the nation.Living monumentThe foundation is in the process of developing the Steve Biko Centre, which is expected to open towards the end of 2011. This living monument and national legacy project, endorsed by Cabinet, is taking shape near Ginsberg Township in the Eastern Cape, where Biko lived. The centre will be the anchor site for the Steve Biko Heritage Trail.“We want it to not only host relevant content for schools and local and international visitors,” said Obenewa Amponsah, the foundation’s director of fundraising and international partnerships, “but through the creation of jobs and the cultural tourism that will follow the centre’s opening, we hope it will become an important developmental resource, both intellectually and economically, for the region.”While under construction, the centre will provide about 7 000 jobs, drawn from the local labour pool. Once completed, 53 people will find permanent employment there in its library, archive, museum, retail outlets and other facilities. More work will come in through related services, such as tourism. The centre also aims to promote cultural industries and entrepreneurship.The Biko Heritage Trail will link a number of Biko-related sites in the Eastern Cape, all of which are national heritage sites and some of which are on Unesco’s tentative World Heritage list. These include the statue of Biko and the Biko Bridge in East London, Zanempilo Clinic in Zinyoka, Biko’s home in Ginsberg, his office in King Williams Town, and his grave in the Steve Biko Garden of Remembrance, also in King Williams Town.Freedom fighterSteve Biko was born in 1946 in Tylden in the Eastern Cape province, about 120km inland from the port city of East London. His parents believed in the value of an education, and made sure all their children received schooling.Although his school career was outstanding, Biko’s political ambitions were threatening to overtake it. He was expelled from the missionary school Lovedale House just three months after he started there, on suspicion that he was a member of the PAC. He completed his education at the liberal Catholic boarding school St Francis, near Durban, and then enrolled for a medical degree at the University of Natal.Here he began to devote more and more energy to his political career. He joined the multi-racial National Union of South African Students (Nusas), but was unable to progress through its leadership ranks because power was held by students attending white universities. Frustrated, Biko founded the South African Students’ Organisation (Saso) in 1968, which was only for black students.The main aim of this new organisation was to educate and convince black people that they were not inferior to white people, as they had been repeatedly told and had come to believe. This was the seed of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM). According to Biko, it was only by breaking away from this negative mindset that black people could rise above their desperate situations and “break the chains of oppression”.The apartheid government had been monitoring Biko’s political activities, and eventually banned him in 1973. This meant that he could not talk to more than one person at a time, was not allowed to leave King Williams Town, had to report to the police station once a week and was prohibited from writing anything about the BCM.But Biko’s commitment to the cause was so strong that for the next few years he defied the banning order by speaking at meetings and covertly distributing his Frank Talk publication. Through the BCM he also held educational classes in health, dressmaking and general literacy.The BCM’s influence was felt in the Soweto riots of 1976, when black pupils protested against being forced to take lessons in Afrikaans. The protests spilled over into violence and left many dead. The event is now commemorated annually on 16 June, Youth Day.Biko’s defiance culminated in his arrest, detention and interrogation in 1977 under Section Six of the Terrorism Act. He was held for 24 days and died, at the age of 30, from head injuries sustained during his incarceration – although the police claimed he had died as a result of a hunger strike.He was the 41st South African to die in police custody. Only two decades later, during testimony before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, did members of the police force admit that they were responsible for his death.“How deeply indebted we are to Steve, acknowledged as the father of the Black Consciousness Movement,” wrote Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in the foreword of I Write What I like, a collection of Biko’s writings.“Reconciliation needed Black Consciousness to happen, because reconciliation is a deeply personal thing happening between those who acknowledge their unique personhood, and who have it acknowledged by others.”last_img read more

Ubuntu comes to the Big Apple

first_imgThe diversity of Suth African culture brings life to Carnegie Hall’s august stage.• Using the arts to build an inclusive South Africa • Shifting perspectives: a history of Shifty Records • Songbird Abigail Kubeka remembers songs for Mandela • McGregor’s music captures the African village • Films explore urban African tapestry Staff writerIt has been 20 years since South Africans of all colours queued for hours to cast the first democratic vote in the country’s history. At home, South Africans are building a noisy, questing identity built on the promise of an admired constitution. Internationally, there is still the perception that South Africa is the nation that apartheid built, a collection of colours divided into different tribes stumbling towards a future as one nation.A month-long festival of music and art hosted by New York City’s Carnegie Hall hopes to unpack the reality of South Africa today, through celebrating its music and the role of the arts in building a nation based on common values. Ubuntu: Music and Arts of South Africa Ubuntu, opening on 10 October, has a focus on the music, film and art created during the Struggle to end apartheid and in the infancy of democracy.Ubuntu is the community-minded philosophy that guides traditional South African society. At heart, it means “I am because you are”. Taking this as its cue, the festival celebrates the hope that is South Africa, the humanity and compassion of its people. The eclectic line-up includes pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim, who explains that ubuntu is a concept of humanity beyond borders. “Music always played an integral part of the Struggle; apartheid was not just a South African problem but a struggle of humanity. We had to use culture and music to put a humane face on our struggle.”Clive Gillinson, Carnegie’s artistic director, was inspired to create the festival by South Africa’s diversity and the cultural life that grew out of it. He wanted to honour more than the larger-than-life history of performers like Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela, and Miriam Makeba. He wanted to include the lesser-known stories. “The country’s landscape continues to evolve, and this makes for fascinating explorations through the arts. It is a nation with a dynamic, often surprising culture like no other and now, a seemingly endless array of vocal talent from every corner of the country.” Hannes Coetzee and David Kramer bring the magic of goema.This is underlined by trumpeter and composer Masekela, who says: “There is a deep abyss of content that needs to be seen. There is no society that has as much wealth, culturally and musically. This African heritage makes me feel like I come from major wealth.”Carnegie’s director of artistic planning, South African-born Jeremy Geffen, believes that this festival will give audiences outside the country a balanced insight into the art being created by South Africans. “An outside curatorial voice gave us an opportunity to shape something. Right now there is so much effort in South Africa in giving voice to people who didn’t have it. If we had left this in the hands of South Africans, they would have gone much more even-handedly through to make sure that everyone was given a shot.” Diverse cultureDedicated to Nelson Mandela, the Ubuntu Festival celebrates the various musical traditions that have taken root and grown in South Africa’s rich soil. It begins at the iconic Carnegie Hall with Twenty Years of Freedom, a programme celebrating South African democracy. On the bill is Masekela and singer Vusi Mahlasela, joined by special guests Paul Simon, long a friend of South African music, and Dave Matthews, who went to school in the country.Also on the programme are the powerful spirituality and ecstasy of Zulu maskandi music; music from the Cape, including a Cape Malay choir and folk musicians from remote regions of the Karoo; and two thrilling generations of jazz artists. Pretty Yende and Elza van den Heever, critically acclaimed sopranos, will make their New York City debuts.Ibrahim will perform solo to celebrate his 80th birthday before leading a master class for young jazz musicians at the Weill Music Institute. Kesivan Naidoo, a drummer, composer and heir to Ibrahim’s legacy, will also make his New York City debut with his band, Kesivan and the Lights. The future of South African jazz, Kesivan Pillay makes his New York City debut.>The festival will extend beyond Carnegie Hall, with performances and events planned for other prestigious partner organisations. The programme will include visual art, film and dance, as well as panel discussions on significant cultural issues featuring leading social and political voices. Artist and filmmaker William Kentridge will host an evening of his short films with live musical accompaniment.Violinist Daniel Hope will curate a music theatre production entitled A Distant Drum, joining forces with his father, pre-eminent South African writer Christopher Hope, for the Carnegie Hall-commissioned work on the life of short story writer and journalist Nat Nakasa, the brilliant, impassioned spirit of his generation who left apartheid South Africa in the 1960s for New York City, where he died in exile at the age of 28. His remains were repatriated earlier this year.Gillinson says: “It’s such an unbelievably diverse nation with so many different cultures, we just thought it was a really good time to bring together that real kaleidoscope of what the country is.”Ubuntu: Music and Arts of South Africa runs from 10 October to 5 November.last_img read more

Companies combine to build distributed propulsion plane

first_imgThe EcoPulse. demonstrator. Image: MIP for Daher It has enough propellers to have once powered a flight of aircraft but this EcoPulse demonstrator aircraft may be the way of the future.Aerospace giant Airbus, engine-maker Safran and aircraft manufacturer Daher have teamed up to develop the demonstrator using a wing-mounted distributed hybrid propulsion system.They plan for a maiden flight in 2022 using Daher’s TBM utility aircraft as a platform.Distributed hybrid propulsion combines a gas turbine engine with an electrical generator and batteries powering multiple electric motors driving propellers.Airbus views the technology as an important step towards delivering the certification standards for a more electric aircraft, while Safran plans to become a market leader in the technology.The companies are developing the plane as part of a three-way collaboration designed to validate technologies that reduce CO2 emissions, cut noise pollution and create new uses for air transportation.The project has the support of the French Civil Aviation Research Council (CORAC) as well as the nation’s civil aviation authority.READ: FAA proposes new rules to help supersonic flightSafran will provide the distributed hybrid propulsion system, including a combined turbine and power generator, an electric power management system and the integrated “e-Propellers” to be built into the wings.The idea is that the e-propellers provide propulsion thrust while at the same time delivering aerodynamic gains by reducing wing surface and wingtip marginal vortices and drag.Safran says it intends to be the market leader with this type of system by 2025.“Safran has developed a technology roadmap for the installation of electric thrusters on aircraft. EcoPulseTM offers us an excellent opportunity to evaluate and identify the specific features expected by this market, particularly in terms of new hybrid propulsion aircraft projects,’’ said Safran head of R&T and innovation Stephane Cueille.Airbus will be responsible for the aerodynamic optimization of the distributed propulsion system and development of the control laws,  while Daher will take care of component and systems installation, flight testing, overall analysis and regulatory construction.“Reducing the environmental impact of aircraft is a priority for the industry as a whole,’’ Daher aerospace and defense senior vice president Nicholas Orance said.“So it is with enthusiasm and determination that we welcome the opportunity to be part of this unique partnership alongside Airbus and Safran to succeed in the ambitious challenge set by CORAC.”last_img read more

Web News: China’s Internet Boom, Yahoo Panama Launched, Google Integration, Digg Anti-Gaming

first_imgThese summary posts are designed to be a ‘quick fix’ of the top Web news, forthose people who don’t have time to read the full articles but who want to stayinformed.– InternetBoom in China Is Built on Virtual Fun; NY Times continues the westernfascination with all things China. This article profiles Tencent and theirdominant mobile entertainment and IM service called ‚ÄúQQ‚Ä? – which “hasreached more than 100 million users, or nearly 80 percent of the market.”The crux of the piece is that US companies like Google and Yahoo have largelynot succeeded in China because they haven’t adapted to China‚Äôs Internetmarket, “which is geared primarily to entertainment and mobilephones”.– New Panama RankingSystem For Yahoo Ads Launches Today; as Search Engine Land explains, Yahoo’sPanama ad system is designed to take “ad quality and other factors intoconsideration in determining how ads are ranked on search results pages (asystem similar to that long used by Google).” The high level question mostare asking is whether Yahoo has left this move far too late, to seriouslychallenge the dominant Google AdWords?– NewGoogle Mini Integrates Google Analytics; more evidence of productintegration happening at Google.– Diggfurther reduces the influence of top diggers; what makes this so fascinatingis that Digg is trying to make their site more democratic, but at the same time not piss off their top users (too much). It’s a delicate balancing act for Digg. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Tags:#news#web center_img Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Industry Innovation Continues (Protos Security)

first_imgThe Protos Vendor Portal – the newest addition to the Protos management ecosystemIn this day and age, it takes real change and thoughtful disruptive innovation to lead an industry forward. We’ve seen it with Apple and Tesla, and in the loss prevention industry, we’ve seen it with Protos Security.Over the last eleven years, Protos Security has revolutionized security guard management, saving retail companies of all sizes from the traditional headache of manual processes, continuous audits, and lots of last-minute scrambling. Its end-to-end security guard management ecosystem drives measurable direct and indirect cost savings for clients all across North America.Kris Vece“The Protos team lives and breathes innovation. We understand how technology can empower companies and benefit their bottom lines,” said Kris Vece, LPQ, director of client relations for Protos. “Even before I joined Protos in 2015, I watched what they were doing and decided I wanted to be a part of it. The last two years have easily been some of the most exciting in my career. The Protos team has created a cutting-edge, cloud-based management platform, increased transparency, and enforced a ‘no punch, no pay’ policy to ensure accounting accuracy for LP professionals tired of finding overpayments and having to manage the invoice reconciliation process.”- Sponsor – Owner and cofounder Patrick Henderson said, “Our system uses a variety of techniques that have been successfully deployed in supply chain, logistics, and other service industries. We reworked the tools and operating models to fit a loss prevention scenario. We help connect the dots and benchmark performance, so everyone knows what they are getting and can quickly and easily change behavior as needed to get the results they seek.”“After all, you can’t manage what you can’t measure,” Vece added.How Do You Manage Guards Who Aren’t on Your Payroll?“Despite the technology’s reputation for success, when we meet with prospective new clients, we still get asked, ‘How do you manage guards that aren’t on your payroll?’” Chris Copenhaver, Protos owner and cofounder said. “And people are always so surprised when we explain our tools, technology, and methods. They’re always like, ‘Wow, why didn’t someone think of this sooner?’”Using technology to operate a series of clear, easy-to-read user interfaces that can be accessed from desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone, Protos Security helps clients, vendors, and their own quality-assurance specialists to communicate and manage security guard performance.The Protos team built their system from the ground up, and, in the process, created a methodology and culture that supports consistent and measurable program success. From introducing instantaneous and fully customizable alert notifications to vendor KPI dashboards, Protos has rewritten the rules on what it takes to run a modern LP shop.Unlike its competitors, Protos does not sell technology as an add-on service or up-sell solution. Its high-tech tools are “baked in.” At its core, Protos is a technology company that is working to solve loss prevention industry challenges, the same way Apple taught the world to “think different.” Many of Protos’s offerings are revolutionary, saving clients countless hours and measurable budget percentages immediately upon rollout, but many of its advancements are just the obvious next steps in a world dominated by automation, big data, and higher management expectations.“To us, it didn’t seem revolutionary for clients to be notified when an officer was late or to relay important incident details near real time,” Copenhaver said. “In today’s day and age, it was a question of simple automation, and it seemed inevitable. So that’s what we set out to do. We just wanted to make program transparency a reality. It was already an expectation in other industries, and we wanted to see the loss prevention world catch up.”What More Can Be Done?While Protos has been offering performance-benchmarking tools to clients for many years, first for internalThe Protos Vendor Portal – the newest addition to the Protos management ecosystemmonitoring and then for client transparency and reporting, it hasn’t stopped moving things forward. For example, by the end of the year, it will release a vendor portal that allows independent guard vendors to see the performance trends on each of their Protos assignments.This access will allow guard vendors to compare their delivery to industry standards and benchmarks and manage to customer expectations in real time. This access empowers them to deliver quick and necessary course-correcting actions before it hurts their companies’ reputations.Protos, of course, is always monitoring these performance trends and filling client assignments with vendors who are engaged and responsive and provide consistently high-quality service.“There is real incentive for guard vendors to be a part of the Protos Approved Guard Network,” Copenhaver said. “We’ve proven that a good vendor can grow their business faster with us than they could on their own.”No Punch, No Pay“We’ve always had a ‘no punch, no pay’ policy, and that has served us well, but now we’re focused on what’s next. What else can we do?” Henderson said. “The hope is to get each individual guard vendor management team more involved and more active in addressing any quality issues.”Protos has led the industry in technology innovation, guard vendor engagement, and client service since it pounced on the scene in 2006. The company claims to save clients’ money and pay their vendors much faster than industry average. Their stunning growth continues to prove they are doing something right.The Bottom LineProtos has earned an exceptional reputation for having security officers successfully engage with a common timekeeping and integrated invoicing system. Its reporting procedures have cleaned up LP budgets industry-wide and increased situational awareness from coast to coast.“I no longer must call stores to ask if an officer is on-site. I can check in to see if a guard is on-site from my cell phone. I also get real-time incident reports from Protos,” customer Eric Williams, loss prevention manager at the City Gear store support center said. “When it comes to billing, Protos gave me at least two days a month back.”“There was a lot of concern around how to seamlessly transition to another guard company. We were expecting bumps in the road during the first couple of months of the transition and were pleasantly surprised that we received nothing but positive feedback,” said Andrea Quinn, Staples senior manager of global loss prevention. “Protos has made every aspect of managing guard service so much easier, and we could not be happier with our decision to transition to Protos six months ago.”So from coast to coast, customers are already happy, but if the leadership team at Protos Security has their way, this is really just the beginning. “Stay tuned; there is no way we are done innovating,” Vece said. “I am personally excited for what comes next. Hold on tight; the ride’s not over yet.”For more information on Protos Security, visit their website at protossecurity.com.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Walter Walsh, longest living Olympian and FBI agent dead at 106

first_imgThis Oct. 1937 file photo shows Federal Agent Walter Walsh during a demonstration of him as he takes aim in a mirror. APWalter R. Walsh, who captured gangsters as an FBI agent in the 1930s and went on to train Marine Corps snipers and become the longest-lived Olympian, has died.Walsh died on Tuesday at his home in Arlington, Virginia, his son Gerald Walsh confirmed Thursday. Walsh, who would have turned 107 on Sunday, had suffered a minor heart attack a few weeks ago and his health deteriorated, Gerald Walsh said.Walsh, who first honed his shooting skills by picking clothespins off a clothesline with a BB gun as a child, began his FBI career in 1934 and was soon chasing gangsters across the United States. On one day in 1935, he helped capture gangster Arthur “Doc” Barker in Chicago and fatally shot a second gangster, Russell “Rusty” Gibson.Two years later, Walsh was in Bangor, Maine, on the trail of the Brady Gang. Tipped off that the gang planned to return to a sporting goods store to stock up on weapons, the FBI set up a stakeout. Walsh’s role was to pose as a salesman, and when gang member James Dalhover came inside, Walsh arrested him. He then confronted and fatally shot a second gang member, Clarence Lee Shaffer Jr., but not before being hit in the chest and hand. Also killed in the shootout was Alfred Brady, the FBI’s “Public Enemy number 1.”Walsh joined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1938 and became active duty in 1942, training snipers in North Carolina. In 1948 he competed in the London Olympics, placing 12th in the men’s 50-meter free pistol event at age 41. Though he didn’t medal, Walsh went on to hold an Olympic record.advertisementIn 2013, at the age of 105 and 321 days, he set a record for longest-lived Olympian, eclipsing a record set by gymnast Rudolph Schrader. He was also the FBI’s oldest retired agent.Walsh was born May 4, 1907, in New Jersey. He got his first rifle, a .22-caliber Mossberg, when he was about 12 according to a profile in the American Rifleman. By the time he graduated from Rutgers University’s law school he had won a series of honors. He continued to shoot until recently, his son said.”Sunday if you could have got somebody to take him to the range he probably would have gone. The last thing he was shooting was shotgun because the pistol was getting a little hard for him to hold as steady as he used to,” Gerald Walsh said.In addition to his son Gerald, Walsh is survived by another son, Walter Walsh Jr., and three daughters: Kathleen Reams, Linda Walsh and Rosemary Haas. His wife, Kathleen Barber, predeceased him.last_img read more

Honda continues its climb with increase in domestic sales this September

first_imgHonda Mobilio continues to sell wellHonda Cars India today reported 45 per cent increase in domestic sales in September 2014 at 15,015 units as against 10,354 units in the same month last year.Last month, the company sold 1,152 units of small car Brio, 3,848 units of compact sedan Amaze, 5,329 units of Mobilio and 4,600 units of the mid-sized sedan City, Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) said in a statement.Besides, the company sold 86 units of sports utility vehicle CRV.In addition, the company exported a total of 38 units during the month.Commenting on the sales, HCIL Senior Vice-President (Marketing and Sales) Jnaneswar Sen said: “We continue to perform strongly with strong demand for all our models during this festival period.”He said the company has resumed production of its flagship model Honda City during September 2014.”In coming months, we will be able to ensure better availability and timely deliveries to fulfill the huge demand,” Sen added.last_img read more